Galapagos: Golondrina | 5 day cruise

From Baltra Airport to Baltra Airport
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Set sail for your intimate Galapagos cruise aboard Golondrina, with a maximum of 16 passengers. 

Snorkel with playful sea lions and explore spectacular marine life as we explore the shore lines by dinghy -  be sure to keep an eye out for the Galapagos penguins!  Be amazed by the marine iguanas while walking over lava flows, and watch the giant Galapagos tortoise and land iguanas go about their lives. There will be plenty of amazing bird life during your journey, Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, finches and many more and most within close proximity and indifferent to your admiring stares. Hike and walk in the Galapagos Islands, enjoy the  fantastic views and learn lots along the way with your knowledgeable naturalist guide.  Cap off your Galapagos cruise with a visit to the  famous Charles Darwin Research Station.

During your journey through the Galapagos Islands, you mix with the crew and fellow passengers and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere aboard Golondrina. The memories made during your trip will be with you for a lifetime! 

 

Viva's Best Bits...

"Espinoza Point on Fernandina is one of the best places to see big colonies of marine iguanas. They blend in well with the lava flow, so watch where you step!". Pia, Team Viva

At Vicente Roca Point snorkel with spectacular marine life, with a bit of luck you can see the sunfish.

Walk over and through amazing lava landscape and learn more about the volcanic activity in this area.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Airport Mosquera Island

BALTRA ISLAND
This island was a strategic point during the Second World War. It is the main airport for the Galapagos Islands where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. At the Arrival at Baltra Airport, our naturalist English speaking guide will assists you. Transfer to the yacht. Welcome and briefing.

MOSQUERA
After lunch, disembarkation at Mosquera Island (wet landing) located between North Seymour and Baltra. The island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. It is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds common at many of the more popular islands. This islet is actually home to a huge population of sea lions and is also home to many shorebirds.

Day 2
Isabela Island Fernandina Island

VICENTE ROCA POINT (ISABELA ISLAND)
After breakfast, panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life, observing seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish), we see also penguins, blue-footed boobies and nazca boobies.

ESPINOZA POINT (FERNANDINA ISLAND)
In the afternoon disembarkation (dry landing). Walk (600m. round trip, 1½h, flat, sandy and rocky path) to see lava flows, a colony of marine iguanas (nesting time: January to June), penguins, pelicans and colonies of cormorants, lava cactus. Time for snorkeling.

Day 3
Isabela Island

URBINA BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)
After breakfast, disembarkation at Urbina Bay (wet landing), located in the west of Isabela Island, at the food of the Alcedo volcano. Walk on a sandy and rocky defined path (1 km. round trip. 2h, flat), observing calcareous organisms (shells, corals) exposed above water. In this area we see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (between June – September) and flightless cormorants. After the hike, time for snorkeling along the shoreline where guests may observe penguins and flightless cormorants.

TAGUS COVE (ISABELA ISLAND)
After lunch visit to Tagus Cove that was a port where whaling ships arrived and left their ships’ names in a cave in 1800. In the high part is the Darwin Lake, a round salt water crater. Disembark (dry landing). Walk begins from the shore by a wooden stairway that rises to the dusty trail passing through Palo Santo Forest to reach the Darwin Lake. Continue on the trail around the lake through the dry vegetation zone. Panoramic views to the Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. (2kms round trip, 2h / starts at 0m, ascending to 50mts). Later, panga ride through the cliffs to observe the historical graffiti, penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Snorkeling time in the cove.

Day 4
Santiago Island Chinese Hat Islet

EGAS PORT (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
Breakfast. The visit to Puerto Egas begins with a wet landing on the dark sand beach of James Bay. Walk along a rocky trail to the salt crater (1.7km. round trip, 1½ h, start at 0m, ascend 30m), observing Darwin Finches, the endemic Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, sally light root crabs and fur seals and sea lions. Time for swimming and snorkeling.

SOMBRERO CHINO
After lunch, disembark (wet landing) for a short walk of 200m. (30mins. round trip, flat and rocky), observing lava tunnels, lava cactus, Galápagos Sesuvium. Time to swim and snorkel. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for next day.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island Baltra Airport

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION)
After breakfast, walk for about 20 minutes to the Charles Darwin Station, to observe the Galapagos giant turtles breading. T he Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galápagos Islands since 1959.

Please ask us about other itineraries onboard the Golondrina!

After this visit transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard the Golondrina Yacht, in bunk bed cabins
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, snacks after visits, water, tea and coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Excursions with naturalist bilingual guide (English, Spanish)
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
  • Included Copy 31 Snorkelling gear (mask, tube, fins) and wetsuit available for rent
  • Included Copy 20 Return transfers from Galapagos Airport to port (applies to selected flights only)
Transportation
Golondrina | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Visit the Giant Tortoise Breading centre on Santa Cruz and learn more about their habitat
  • Included Swimming and snorkelling
  • Included Photography opportunities - Panoramic views from Darwin Lake, Marine Iguanas at Espinoza Point
  • Included Walk over lava flow and hike to stunning view points
  • Included Chance to spot Galapagos penguins
  • Included Excursions by dinghy
  • Included Bird watching - Blue footed and Nazca boobies, flightless cormorant, pelicans etc.
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Duration

5 days

Price from

$1,870 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs Fridays fortnightly